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big money headlines. sandy's impact. buyers are back. and a big bake sale. joining me live now forbes staff writer morgan brennan. >> good morning. >> first off let's talk about hurricane sandy which took quite a toll on consumer spending. the commerce department says that fell in october, after rising in september. but then the third quarter gdp rose higher than estimated. so how can they both be true, morgan? and does this continue in the coming months? >> it's a great question, and i think the way to explain it, actually, is to start with that gdp number. the reason we saw gdp rise in the third quarter was because businesses are restocking their inventory levels and actually because government spending ticked up by about 9.5%. both of those added to economic growth in the third quarter. both of those are not necessarily sustainable. consumer spending on the other hand makes up about 70% of gross domestic product. we saw that tick down in part because of hurricane sandy in the third quarter. the early numbers for november, despite robust black friday are showing that consumers are s
headlines. sandy's impact. buyers are back. and a big bake sale. joining me now forbes staff writer morgan brennan. let's get to hurricane sandy which took a toll of on consumer spending. "consumer reports" says spending fell in october after rising in september. the gdp was higher than estimated. i never can quite figure out how they can both be true and whether or not this continues in coming months. >> that's a great question. i think we need to start with the revised number for the third quarter. the reason we saw gdp growth in the third quarter was because businesses were restocking their inventory. an government spending increased about 9.5%. not sustainable indicators of economic growth in the long term. consumer spending makes up about 70% of economic growth. the fact we saw that come down in october and actually the fact in november the early numbers despite a robust holiday shopping weekend are still not looking so good is why we're seeing economists predict a weak fourth quarter economic number. and we're actually seeing numbers as low as 1% which would be really terrible. >> no
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